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Umbellularia californica, California laurel
Umbellularia californica, California laurel
Umbellularia californica, California laurel
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Umbellularia californica, California laurel


California Bay 

A tree that can reach up to 80 feet tall and 30 feet wide.  White flowers bloom in the spring.  This tree releases terpenes that kill of competing plants.  This tree can be potted or is great for bank stabilization or to be used as hedges.  It is great for cooking and the roasted nuts are delicious!

Prune in the summer.  Mature trees do not need regular pruning.  Young plants grown as screens or hedges should be pinched and lightly headed back regularly. 

Plant with: California Wild Grape (Vitis californica) is said to work well in the understory. Compatible trees/shrubs include Madrone(Arbutus menziesii), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Incense Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), Ceanothus sp., California Coffeeberry (Frangula californica), Silk Tassel (Garrya elliptica or fremontii), Tanoak(Notholithocarpus densiflorus), Yellow Pine (Pinus ponderosa), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Oak (Quercus sp.), and Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)

- Plant in full sun to part shade

- Drought tolerant

- Deer resistent 

- Attracts butterflies

- Hardy to 10 degrees

- Native to California